bill wrote:Is that dead wood going down to the soil line? Not the sort of thing I can get away with in New Orleans. How far down below the soil line would you apply lime sulfur?
bryanskinnell wrote:I've personally never had good success with American red maple. Every drastic root pruning I've ever performed on the species inevitably sent the tree into a death spiral, at least on heavy trunked specimens with heavy roots.
dbrock wrote:Interesting discussion. I quess I have had blind luck. I collected a Red Maple last February with a 5 inche trunk. It was a 30 foot tall tree. I placed a recipricating saw blade into the ground about 8 inches out from the trunk a sawed a circle around the base. I then pushed the tree over, snapping the tap root. After trimming the tap root, I cut it at 15 inches tall and planted it in a 50/50 soil mix. It has shot out leaders everywhere about 2 inches below the cut. The top did die back that 2 inches but it is very healthy. I have picked the leader for the new top and plan to do some carving next winter after the new leader has developed better. I am down near Houston, Tx, so I am waiting to see how much of the die back will rot.
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